D. Koutsoyiannis, Personal knowable moments (DK-moments) for high-order characterization of coincidence in totalitarianism, Self-organized lecture, doi:10.13140/RG.2.2.23117.38885/1, Bologna, Italy, 17 December 2019.
Inspired by a visit to the University of Bologna and, in particular, by the cancellation of my scheduled lecture on changing climate, and referring on the one hand to my personal trajectory’s crosses with totalitarianism and on the other hand to some historical coincidences related to three particular dates (27 April, 17 November, 26 November), I exhibit my point of view on totalitarianism and its relationship to the World-Saviour attitude. I conclude that (1) we do not need modern-day naïve saviours, who claim that they will save the planet, the humankind or the human species/race; (2) history teaches that what we really need is to save ourselves (and our societies) from these non-humanist saviours; (3) also, we need to protect freedom, democracy and education, which are currently under (unprecedented?) global attack; and (4) it is dangerous to mix up politics and activism with science: science’s purpose should remain the pursuit of the truth.
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